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This is a discussion on Millipedes/Centipedes within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Pavel: The naturalist in me agrees with you, Pavel. That centipede is a thing of ...

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    Pavel: The naturalist in me agrees with you, Pavel. That centipede is a thing of beauty. However, one of the few things in nature that truly creeps me out is the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptera) on the run. Assuming you've seen one of these, what is your opinion of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yvonni View Post
    Ok I'll make you a deal Pavel , you can have all the ones I find here but you have to come catch them . If I get too close , like Tamara I will kill them , it's just who I am .
    If I could scrape together the dough for airfare, and a place to stay, I'd do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by wuness View Post
    Pavel: The naturalist in me agrees with you, Pavel. That centipede is a thing of beauty. However, one of the few things in nature that truly creeps me out is the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptera) on the run. Assuming you've seen one of these, what is your opinion of them?

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    They're rather wussy creatures compared to their larger counterparts, but they don't bother me. It is neat to see how well coordinated the leg movement is as they run.

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    I do a weekly soaking of my orchids that are in pots or SH and after removing the chids I inspect the container and left over solution for millipede droppings. They're tiny dark specs of regular shape. If they're present I use a homemade soap insecticide. However, I'm not too concerned about them as they're probably after dead organic matter. I also imagine that they would be naturally present along with all manner of other bugs and microorganisms in the leaf litter/mulch of a naturally "mounted" orchid. I imagine that their droppings act as natural fertilizer for the epiphytic orchids.

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    In the caribbean you see a centipede you kill it, doesn't matter if it's big or small. It's just understood that you kill it before it bites you or anybody else , .....and it will if given a chance . Also there is a belief that wherever you see the small ones the momma is around somewhere so be on the look out for her also . I have never known a person in all my life that didn't have this practice , here . Don't know what the practice is over in the U.S or anywhere else represented here for that matter . Call us cave men but we kill it first then ask questions later . Most times we don't even ask questions .

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuness View Post
    However, one of the few things in nature that truly creeps me out is the house centipede (Scutigera coleoptera) on the run.
    House centipedes truly freak me out, especially when they surprise me in my kitchen sink while I'm doing dishes!
    I noticed a whole mess of smallish centipedes last spring when I cleaned all the leaves away from the flower beds surrounding our concrete steps. That nearly gave me a heart attack. Centipedes and silverfish are probably the only bugs that can really send me running, screaming like a little kid.

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    Pedes have every right to exist because of their contribution to the balance of the ecosystem. I also believe that they have a right to defend their domain. It is also cool how their feet move, but if those little feet lead them into my domain, especially considering the scar that I still carry from a nearly 20 yr old encounter, I will forcibly remove it whether whole or in pieces or semi- liquid form.

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    Hey, it could be worse. You could have (albeit harmless) Cave Dwelling Spiders.

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    Thank you so much for that one.....and the night mares that will go with it.

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    Now that is a very disturbing looking spider, you sure it ain't a crab of some sort? Good grief it's U-G-L-Y! I will go with Jonada on the nightmares thing, harmless or not, !

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    Yes, it's probably about the creepiest bug I've ever seen. It's actually not a spider or a scorpion - it's its own type of arachnid (despite the common name). If it's any compensation, they're some of the most social and intelligent arachnids...studies have shown that the mother communicates with her babies by touching them with her feelers and they respond in the same way. Also, if two siblings are placed in an unfamiliar environment they will find each other and stay together. As creepy as they look, their behavior is almost endearing.

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